IN HER POEM “Where I’m From,” Appalachian poet George Ella Lyon offers a litany of the places and people, the artifacts and experiences that hold her roots. …
In our mobile society, it’s often hard to say where we’re from, hard to name the roots that hold us as more and more of us live at a distance from the places and people we grew up with. … Here’s where I’m from.
I am from orange groves
and old Florida,
from a house my parents built
in a field my grandfather gave them.
Black-eyed Susans grew there in the spring,
so thick we played hide-and-seek
simply by kneeling among them. …
I am from women less quiet,
women of the shout and the stomp,
testifying wherever they could make
their voices heard.
I am from Miriam and Mary and Magdalena
and from women unknown and unnamed,
women who carried their prayers
not in books
but in their blood
and in their bones;
women who passed down the sacred stories
from body to body.
—Jan L. Richardson
Blessed be the people we carry in our blood.
Blessed be the places we carry in our bones.
May our living make a way for those who come after:
a path of blessing, a path of beauty.
– Jan L. Richardson
In the Sanctuary of Women
From pages 54-56 of In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer by Jan L. Richardson. Copyright © 2010 by Jan L. Richardson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Who has influenced your faith development? Share your thoughts.
Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Psalm 32:1, NRSV
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This week we remember John Wesley (March 3).
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